Best of MWC 2023: MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the biggest mobile tech show of the year, and our experts have been walking around the convention floor to find all the best tech.
MWC used to be the place where big companies like Samsung, Sony, and LG would announce new products. However, many of the big smartphone companies now prefer to take all the attention and run their own events.
But there is still a lot of tech and big news coming out of Barcelona this week. Our experts have been to launches, briefings, and spent time with a lot of new products. Here are the ones we liked best.
Honor Magic Vs
Honor was a big hit at MWC 2023, where she won two of our “best in show” awards. The Honor Magic Vs is the brand’s high-end foldable for the year. It has a thin hinge to keep the weight down and a big focus on the cameras.
There are two screens here, one on the outside and one on the inside, and it opens like a book. Inside is a 5000mAh battery, and on the back is a 54MP main camera for taking pictures.
Nokia changed its brand at MWC 2023, getting rid of its famous logo in favour of a new one. But HMD Global, which owns the Nokia brand, also used the show to announce a number of phones. The best phone is the Nokia G22, which stands out because it is made to be easy to fix.
You should be able to easily replace parts like the battery, USB-C port, and display if they break, which is something we don’t see very often these days. It is also very cheap and comes with a huge 5000mAH battery that Nokia says can last for three days.
Lenovo and Motorola Rollable Screen Concept
Lenovo/rollable Motorola’s screen is a really cool piece of tech that has been shown in both mobile and laptop forms. We saw a demo of it before MWC 2023, and the way the screen moves easily up and down in a thin device could make a lot of products much more useful in the future.
At the moment, this is just an idea and you can’t buy it. Hopefully, that will change in the future.
Huawei Watch GT Cyber
The Huawei Watch GT Cyber is not your average wearable. Even though many smartwatches let you change the strap, the Cyber lets you change the whole case to make it even more personal.
The whole thing goes smoothly, and it only takes a few seconds to pop the inner watch out and put it into another case. Aside from the weird design, there are also the usual fitness and sleep tracking features, as well as a number of unique watch faces.
Xiaomi 13 Pro
The Xiaomi 13 Pro is one of the best flagship phones that came out at MWC 2023. Xiaomi and Leica started working together last year, and this is one of the first products of that partnership. It adds some style to the camera system.
The camera has a 1-inch sensor that takes beautiful pictures, and the Leica shooting modes add a nice touch. Other features include a beautiful 120Hz Dolby Vision screen with a sharp 1440p resolution, a fast Qualcomm chipset, and a large battery.
OnePlus hinted at its first tablet during the launch of the OnePlus 11, and at MWC 2023, we finally got our hands on what could be one of the year’s most interesting Android tablets.
The OnePlus Pad has a lot going for it, from the moody green colour to the iPad-like screen ratio. The MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chip gives it a lot of power, and you can buy an optional keyboard and pen to round out the package.
Honor Magic 5 Pro
The Honor Magic 5 Pro is a top-of-the-line Android phone that has a lot of great features. It’s big, but there’s a lot to like about it.
The 5100mAh battery is bigger than what you’ll find elsewhere, and the back has an eye-catching module with three 50MP cameras inside. It has a 6.8-inch OLED screen, a body with a lot of curves, fast 120w charging, and a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip.
Realme GT 3
The Realme GT 3 is a phone that stands out because it can be fully charged in less than 10 minutes. Yes, your phone can go from being completely dead to being fully charged in a matter of minutes. It can also gain 20% in about 80 seconds and 50% in four minutes. If you never want to worry about not having your phone again, this device might be for you.
Motorola Defy Satellite Link
At MWC 23, companies like Qualcomm, MediaTek, and others are showing off their latest satellite tech. The simplicity of this tiny device is what caught our eye, though.
The Motorola Defy Satellite Link is made to let you text in an emergency when your regular phone doesn’t have a signal. If you often go places where your phone doesn’t work, this small device made by Bullitt could save your life.
Even though the Xiaomi 13 Pro has a longer list of features, the smaller, cheaper, and more stylish Xiaomi 13 shouldn’t be overlooked. In some ways, this might even be the better choice.
The Xiaomi 13 is easy to hold because it has flat sides and a 6.36-inch screen. It also has a really nice design that we wish more Android phone makers would copy.
Inside, there’s a fast Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip for high-end performance, a triple camera on the back with ideas from camera experts Leica, and very fast charging. This small Android phone could be one of the best of the year for £849.
Oppo Air Glasses 2
The Oppo Air Glasses 2 are the closest thing we’ve seen so far to real AR glasses. Oppo’s AR glasses, unlike most of the other ideas at the show, look like a stylish pair of glasses and are surprisingly light.
Touch and swipe controls are built into the arms, and they work surprisingly well. Most importantly, it doesn’t need a wired connection to a smartphone to work. There’s still a lot of work to do before they can be used by everyone, but it’s an exciting look at the future of augmented reality.